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Gaza employees victims of political maneuvering

Gaza government employees have not received salaries in over a year in some cases due to political disputes.
A Palestinian man rides his bicycle past the office of the Ministry of Education in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip June 26, 2014. Some 40,000 public servants hired by Hamas went on strike in Gaza on Thursday in a pay dispute that could test the resilience of the new Palestinian government, formed just weeks ago under the Islamist group's unity pact with President Mahmoud Abbas. All government offices in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip were closed as a result of the one-day strike, but hospital emerg
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NUSEIRAT, Gaza Strip — Mohammed Baroud, a teacher in Gaza, has been waiting for five months to receive his salary from the government. Baroud, along with 40,000 other employees in the Gaza Strip, has not been paid in full since the formation of the Palestinian unity government and continues to work unpaid.

Baroud, from the Nuseirat area in central Gaza, told Al-Monitor that a year ago, before the formation of the unity government, he and his colleagues were paid part of their salaries. However, the new government headed by Rami Hamdallah does not recognize them as employees in Gaza, although they continue to report to work.

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